Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.

Senator Menendez says he’s still not guilty in second arraignment on corruption charges

By: - October 23, 2023

Sen. Bob Menendez pleaded not guilty — for the second time — when he appeared in court Monday to respond to new federal corruption charges in a superseding indictment federal authorities filed two weeks ago. Investigators say Menendez, a Democrat, acted as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government when he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and cleared […]

Fatal crash involving Menendez’s wife spurs demand for mandatory driver impairment tests

By: - October 6, 2023

A Republican lawmaker plans to push legislative leaders to act on long-stalled legislation that would require drivers who hit pedestrians to be tested for alcohol or drug impairment. Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-Union) said she was so disturbed by this week’s revelation that U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s wife, Nadine, crashed into a pedestrian and killed him in 2018 — […]

NJ lawmakers propose eliminating the cost of calls for incarcerated people

By: - February 27, 2023

Telephone and video calls would be free for people incarcerated in New Jersey under new legislation introduced this month. The bill’s prime sponsors — Democratic Assemblymen Herb Conaway Jr., Reginald Atkins, and Sterley Stanley — say removing the cost of communications would enable frequent and consistent family phone calls. “The more incarcerated people stay in touch with their […]

New study urges cheaper communications for incarcerated people

By: - January 2, 2023

People who make phone calls from state prisons and local jails often get price-gouged, with recent reforms falling short in preventing telephone companies from exploiting incarcerated people, a new national study found. As the cost of calls approaches zero outside the prison walls, incarcerated people are forced to pay charges few can afford, threatening their access to […]